Secret Valley Loop

MODERATE 47 reviews
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Secret Valley Loop is a 6 mile loop trail located near Walnut Creek, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,282 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

This trail has numerous vistas of Mt. Diablo, much of the East Bay, and up into Napa Valley. Down in Secret Valley the trail gives a solid sense of what the early explorers and settlers experienced in this part of the state. One absolutely gets the feeling of traveling down one of the old stage roads. Portions of the trail are open to equestrian and mountain bikers.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Hard if you are not in shape but the trail is in very good shape. Enjoyed the views!!

hiking
4 months ago

First mile (and last mile) really muddy - but loved the hike - great workout for the first 2+ miles and amazing views. Needed to cross 3 very small streams so shoes got a little wet

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5 months ago

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6 months ago

Southern and eastern aspects of loop are quite exposed. Late January and I found myself wishing for a pair of shorts and a T-shirt. That is, until coming down into the valley of the northern and western aspect of the loop (I journeyed counter clockwise) which is shady from the oaks, full of moths and birdsong, and has a few creeks running across. More muddy than I expected and finished within two hours at a strong pace.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike! Great cardio! The first hour or so is just up up up. So if you’re not a regular hiker this will feel more like an extreme or strenuous hike instead of moderate. Great views! BBQ trail very nice and wooded. We have seen baby bob cats. Haven’t seen the mothers so be aware. Lots of mtn bikers. They go fast so just be looking ahead. Everyone is very respectful. Usually takes us 2:40 minutes to do.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike!

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Gorgeous views, plenty of variety, good mix of sun and shade. Kids loved finding the 'secret' valley. One edit - dogs are NOT allowed unfortunately. AllTrails marks it as pet friendly, but regrettably they have posted warning signs.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Beautiful trail, especially the "secret" part!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Beautiful the entire way! Up and down, lots of hills, but gorgeous! Do it!

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Beautiful views and wildflowers. On the harder side of moderate; the climbs aren't too steep but they keep going for awhile. Wall Pt. side is exposed, secret valley and BBQ terrace portions are shady with small river crossings.

We saw some wild turkeys and a fat rattle snake at the end of the hike. He was handsome but he rattled at me and my baby.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I loved this hike. Me and 2 friends did it today in about 4 hours, taking our time and enjoying the views. The views of the bay are amazing and the hike isn't overly hard. There are some good uphill portions, but there are plenty of level and downhill portions too. We probably added an extra 30-45 minutes by missing the turnaround point and walking about a half mile too far. This hike should take about 2-3 hours depending on your hiking level. I move about 2mph, stopping for breaks every mile or so, stopping for pictures, just enjoying the hike. Overall a nice half day hike, great views, and a nice variety of open wide paths along the ridge, mixed with narrow dirt paths under oak trees.

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